Published November 4, 2015



Food Drive

Once again, Hacienda Helping Hands and the Alameda County Community Food Bank are partnering to raise much needed food and funds to help some of the most vulnerable members of our community with the 2015 Hacienda Holiday Food Drive. As a participant in the Food Drive, your donations go a long way towards helping the Food Bank meet their mission in Alameda County. Locally, a number of Tri-Valley operations are recipients of food and money collected by the Food Bank.

2015 Holiday Food Drive
Hacienda would like to encourage you to support our nearly two decades old tradition and join in this year's Food Drive. During last year's drive, Hacienda collected food and donations which provided thousands of meals for the needy. This year Hacienda is working with the Food Bank to help them to continue feeding the people that depend on their services. Our goal is bigger than ever: 36,000 meals provided by Hacienda alone! We know we can meet this goal and more with your help and to that end we have made it even easier to participate and donate this year.

Your Help is Needed
The Food Bank continues to see a dramatic increase in demand and now serves 1 in 5 residents of Alameda County (most of them are children or seniors). You can make a difference in the community by collecting non-perishable food or making a financial donation to support the Food Bank's hunger relief and advocacy efforts. The Food Bank relies on the support of local businesses, schools, service organizations and community members to assist those in need especially during the holidays when demand for emergency food is at its peak. There are many ways to donate and help with this years effort. Host a barrel, donate food, donate money or help sort food for distribution. Working together we can end hunger in Alameda County.

Hosting a Barrel
Hosting a barrel is a great way to encourage your employees and customers to donate and is a convenient and easy way to get involved. This year Hacienda will be arranging for the delivery of collection barrels to Hacienda tenants from our office. Simply contact the Association using the information below, or online at www.accfb.org, and we will make arrangements to get a red barrel delivered to your Hacienda location. Please note that if you would like to make a donation of food and are not able to locate a barrel, you may contact the Association using the information below and a representative will meet you to retrieve your donation. The Food Bank's collection effort focuses on healthy non-perishable food. The Food Bank would also appreciate it if you would refrain from donating items in glass containers. The Food Bank particularly encourages contributions of the following:
  • Canned tuna and chicken
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta and tomato sauce
  • Rice, beans and lentils
  • Soups (low sodium) and Stews
  • Low-sugar cereal and oatmeal
  • Powdered Milk
Virtual Food Drive
Visit the Food Banks virtual shop to help them purchase the items they need the most. This is a great way to donate items like milk, meat and produce that cannot be placed in a barrel. The Food Bank is able to distribute $6 worth of food for every $1 donated virtually. As a special bonus, Hacienda Helping Hands will match all funds raised by tenants through the Hacienda Virtual Food Drive, up to $5,000 through December 31st. As a Hacienda tenant, you are automatically signed up for our Virtual Food Drive. To participate, simply visit: www.vfd-accfb.org and select "Hacienda" from the drop down menu. You can then donate under the name of your own business or generally to the Hacienda drive.

Additional Information
Additional information is available on the food drive, hosting a barrel, organizations benefiting from the collection effort, and ideas on how to provide incentives to companies and individuals to participate. Please refer to the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Hacienda Owners Association contacts below for details.

Contact Information
Katherine Avila
Food Drive Department
Alameda County Community Food Bank
P.O. Box 2599, Oakland, California  94614
(510) 635-3663 x358  phone     (510) 635-3773  fax     kavila@accfb.org  e-mail     www.accfb.org  WWW

Denise Merenda
Hacienda Owners Association
4305 Hacienda Drive, Suite 330, Pleasanton, California  94588-2738
(925) 734-6500  phone     (925) 734-6501  fax     info@hacienda.org  e-mail     www.hacienda.org  WWW